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About Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse

The Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse is situated right in the heart of trendy Melville in Johannesburg. It is within close proximity to SABC, the leading news agencies, and other vibrant centres such as Rosebank, Sandton and Randburg, making this the place to stay for local and foreign travellers.

The guest house was built in the 1930s as two semi-detached houses. It have now been combined to create a single building. It consists of four large bedrooms with luxurious en-suite bathrooms and a further two executive suites at the rear of the property, which have separate sleeping and lounge areas.

The main house also has a lounge or a reception room, a dining room and a large veranda overlooking the stunning hot South African garden. There is a Martini Ledge swimming pool where guests can sip cocktails while enjoying the afternoon sun.

Covid Safety Approved: We pledge to implement a high standard of hygiene and cleaning protocols to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests. We adhere to the industry safety protocols set out by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA).


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Garden
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Parking on Premises
  • Covid Safety Approved
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
  • AA Highly Recommended
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  • Luxury Room Luxury Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 7 Each room has a large king size bed, en suite bathroom with bath and shower over the bath. Wooden floors round off these... see more
    • Rooms Adults
      • Annex Suite Annex Suite Sleeps 3 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 2 Our suites are our largest rooms, King Size bed, Flat screen TV, en suite bathroom with shower over the bath. Fibre spee... see more
        • Rooms Adults
          • Family Room Family Room Sleeps 4 Includes: Room Only The Fig Tree Suite is a family room that comes with a King size bed and 2 single beds. The room has an en suite bathroom... see more
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              Reviews for Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse

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              Pumza Phokojoe
              22 November 2020

              Safari now is not a good booking app it re directed my booking to sleepy gecko & I was booking thilani lodge we end up going to check in at thulani lodge only to find out it is fully booked, then we go pay at another place as we were promised our money back only to find out on Monday that we were booked at Sleepy Gecko of which we never even knew so I lost my R500 & what's worse had we maybe got a call from sleepy gecko to find out when are we checking in we would have known the booking was redirected. I am so disappointed as I never got my money back and don't think I will ever use this app...
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              Mark Kornbluh
              23 March 2019

              This was once a lovely guest house, but it is terribly run down and neglected. the manager takes no interest of care. the bathrooms are awful. the breakfast was the worst that I have ever been served in South Africa. Stay in Melville, but don't stay at the Sleepy Gecko.

              Pieter Onderwater
              04 March 2019

              We needed a bed in Joburg, and found this convenient place. Only downside: it is too close to the leisure street-life, so there was a little bit of noise at night. Not too bad.

              07 October 2016

              We found Sleepy Gecko Guest House to be a very comfortable, pleasant place - a true home-from-home experience - where one felt the liberty to walk around and enjoy the whole house without restrictions. Greg and Christian have created a very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. We found them to be very helpful and prepared to assist in any way they could.It was very nice of them to allocate us fridge and freezer space, also the liberty to help ourselves to coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Although breakfast was included in the tariff, one felt free to bring take-way lunches/dinners and have it in...
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              02 June 2016

              We had an absolutely wonderful stay, Sleepy Gecko is a wonderful place. This was my second time back at the Sleepy Gecko and I always enjoy my stay. I like the rooms that are always clean, comfortable and well presented. The guest house is also very centrally and conveniently located, and I always feel safe at the guest house and in the surrounding area. The owner is truly great, he is very hospitable and helpful. I will most definitely go back and stay there again.

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              Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse is 4.4km from the centre of Johannesburg , the nearest airport 25.1km (Johannesburg International Airport).
              *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling